Author Bill McKibben describes why this project is crucial to solving the climate change issue.
“The snowmobile trail connections are very big.”
— George H. Canon, supervisor, town of Newcomb
The former Finch, Pruyn & Co. forestlands in the Adirondacks have long been identified by New York State as a conservation priority. In recognition of their ecological and economic value, the Conservancy purchased 161,000 acres in the Adirondacks for $110 million in 2007 as a first step toward securing permanent protection for the property.
The Conservancy and New York State consulted with local government officials and other stakeholders to develop a balanced conservation plan for the future that will bolster regional economic engines and preserve fresh water and clean air. The property features more than 300 lakes and ponds, 90 mountains, and 15,000 acres of wetlands.
Forest products industry workers, hunters, anglers, snowmobilers, local businesses, and others with deep connections to the Adirondacks stand to benefit from the outcomes. Here’s what some of them are saying:
“We are trying to work with the state and The Nature Conservancy to open a short portion of a logging road into a vly area to put in a viewing platform and a boardwalk that would be handicapped accessible. That area has the second highest concentration of moose in the state.”
— Jean Raymond, supervisor, town of Edinburg
“The Nature Conservancy has shown me that conservation and community can work together to strengthen both.”
— Skip Hults, superintendent, Newcomb Central School District
“It’ll be great when the state buys them and the Posted signs come down.”
— Wayne Failing, owner, Middle Earth Expeditions whitewater rafting, fishing and guiding service, Lake Placid
“So far only few people have had the opportunity to experience this vast wilderness.”
— Rachel Finn, fly-fishing guide, Wilmington
“We’ve done very well here in the Adirondacks [with our business] and we’d love to see more places be able to stay so it can prosper and still be beautiful.”
— Maggie Alitz, proprietor with her husband Doug of Aunt Polly’s B&B, Newcomb
“Whether you’re talking about increased snowmobile opportunities, access to formerly prohibited lands, or wildlife viewing areas, this land deal will provide economic benefits for future generations.”
— Jason Kemper, director of planning for Saratoga County
“Newcomb doesn’t have a gas station or a lot of services. Hopefully with the added exposure and use of these lands, some of these services might be able to develop and spring up in the town.”
— David Olbert, proprietor with his wife Ruth of Cloudsplitter Outfitters, Newcomb